Security personnel in Bangladesh killed six gunmen and captured one terrorist alive at the besieged Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka today.Commandos stormed the bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area and rescued at least 12 hostages who were trapped inside a Dhaka restaurant after Islamist terrorists launched an attack on it late on Friday night, sources said.
Meanwhile, the gunbattle between terrorists and security personnel has been stopped but commandos are still inside the restaurant, said police.
Seven ambulance took the rescued people to United Hospital for treatment. But it is still not clear how many hostages were injured in the attack. The number of gunmen and hostages still in the restaurant was unclear.
Islamic State, which has claimed the attacks, posted photos of what it said were dead foreigners killed in the assault on the cafe, where police believe eight to nine gunmen are holed up and armed with assault rifles and grenades.
Gowher Rizvi, an adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, told Reuters that security forces had tried to negotiate a way out of the crisis.
Police said the gunmen attacked the upscale Holey Artisan restaurant in the Gulshan district of Dhaka, popular with expatriates, in an assault that began around 9 pm local time on Friday.
The assailants exchanged sporadic gunfire with police outside for several hours after the attack but no gunshots had been heard from inside the restaurant since late Friday night, said Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, a deputy director at the Rapid Action Battalion force.
Islamic State said 24 people had died. Bangladesh police denied that, saying two police officers had been killed and at least 20 people wounded.